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Japanese girl's WWII job: waving goodbye to kamikaze pilots
CHIRAN, Japan (AP) -- As young army pilots took off on suicide-attack missions in the closing days of World War II, the schoolgirls in this southwestern Japanese town waved handkerchiefs and branches of pink blossoms.... 7/31/2015 6:09 AM

Afghan Taliban release statement praising new leader
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan Taliban are praising their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar.... 7/31/2015 6:04 AM

Attack in West Bank kills Palestinian child, homes torched
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Suspected Jewish assailants attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank early Friday and torched two homes, killing a young child and critically wounding at least three people, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. The Israeli military called the incident a "terror attack."... 7/31/2015 5:44 AM

Aquino chooses Roxas as Philippine presidential candidate
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday that he had picked Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II as the administration candidate to succeed him in elections next year.... 7/31/2015 5:42 AM

Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption
BEIJING (AP) -- China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward.... 7/31/2015 5:13 AM

Kazakh PM: Almaty `is not a risky choice' for 2022 Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The prime minister of Kazakhstan challenged the IOC on Friday to make a "historic decision" by awarding the 2022 Winter Olympics to Almaty, painting the project as the one that offers real snow and mountain conditions as opposed to the rival bid from Beijing.... 7/31/2015 4:19 AM

Wing part could help solve what happened to MH370
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion (AP) -- A barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island could help solve one of aviation's greatest mysteries, as investigators work to connect it to the Malaysia Airlines flight that vanished more than a year ago.... 7/31/2015 4:11 AM

China down again, other Asian stocks mostly up after US data
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter.... 7/31/2015 4:01 AM

Greek bailout talks to shift gear
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund begin an intensive round of talks with Greece on Friday to hammer out details of a third international bailout worth some 85 billion euros ($93 billion). Greece needs the money to keep paying its debts and remain in the euro currency.... 7/31/2015 4:01 AM

Currency crisis has Venezuelans struggling to call abroad
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelans are struggling to call abroad as telephone carriers fall behind on payments to international partners amid a currency crisis that is leaving the country increasingly cut off from the rest of the world.... 7/31/2015 4:01 AM

Chinese vice premier, Kazakh prime minister head delegations
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Massimov will head the Almaty delegation and Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will lead the Beijing team in the final presentations to the IOC ahead of the vote for the 2022 Winter Olympics.... 7/31/2015 3:57 AM

Almaty has hard-hitting final pitch for 2022 hosting rights
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Almaty has pleaded with International Olympic Committee members to not consider them a "risky" choice to host the 2022 Winter Games simply because the central Asian country of Kazakhstan is not familiar to many of them.... 7/31/2015 3:31 AM

No move to alter Olympic venues despite water contamination
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Sailors and other athletes preparing for the Olympics have been training for months in contaminated waters where the Rio Games will be held. Many believe moving events now would put them at a disadvantage, even though water-quality tests analyzed by The Associated Press show athletes have a high chance of being exposed to viruses.... 7/31/2015 3:13 AM

Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack
SYDNEY (AP) -- A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.... 7/31/2015 2:54 AM

State police commander, 3 others killed in southern Mexico
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Men armed with rifles killed a police commander Thursday in the capital of the restive southern Mexico state of Guerrero, and officers pursuing the suspected attackers killed three people about two hours later, authorities said.... 7/31/2015 1:29 AM

Venezuela occupies food warehouse of biggest private company
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's largest food distributor on Thursday denounced the government occupation of a Caracas warehouse amid accusations that the company is hoarding goods.... 7/31/2015 12:46 AM

Mexico: Death toll 27 after truck hits religious procession
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The death toll rose to 27 on Thursday and authorities listed 149 others as injured after a truck lost control and slammed into a religious procession in a central Mexico town.... 7/31/2015 12:43 AM

Mexico to spend $9.1 million on seaweed cleanup
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.... 7/31/2015 12:29 AM

Ukraine will try again for downed plane tribunal
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Ukraine's foreign minister said Thursday that the five countries investigating the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine a year ago will try again to get U.N. Security Council approval for an international tribunal to prosecute the alleged perpetrators.... 7/30/2015 11:03 PM

AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.... 7/30/2015 10:34 PM



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